Digital Pakistan Policy 2017: Importance, Key Components & Salient Features


Technology has grabbed an exclusive place in the dynamic world of knowledge and information today. It is also spreading at the fastest rate in Pakistan as well. For past five years, Pakistan has been witnessing continuous growth in the IT sector. The demand for BPO outsourcing, software developers, programmers, app designers, writers, etc. is increasing in the country.


At present, there are almost two thousand call centers and IT companies in the country. The number of IT professionals and expertise are even many times higher than the number of companies. The continuous demand and growth in the IT sector compelled the competent authorities to formulate the IT policy. Now Ministry of Information Technology has formulated the Digital Pakistan Policy 2017 that is based on the multi-stakeholder model.

The policy aims to serve as the foundation pillar for the construction of Digital Ecosystem with advanced concepts and components for the rapid delivery of next generation digital services, applications and content.

Digital Pakistan Policy Imperatives

  • Sectorial Digitization
  • Cross-Sector Collaboration
  • IT Sector Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Digital Pakistan Policy 2017 Goals

  • Holistic Digital System
  • Standardization
  • Promote the use of ICT in education
  • Youth and Women Empowerment
  • Promote Innovation in IT Sector
  • Increase software exports, IT remittances & Domestic Market
  • ICT standing of Pakistan
  • Reduction in Digital Divide
  • E-Governance
  • Increase foreign and domestic investment
  • IT Zones
  • Entrepreneurship
  • No Citizen left behind
  • E-Commerce

Key Components of Digital Pakistan Policy 2017

  • Legislation
  • Human Resource Development
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Entrepreneurship and R&I in IT Sector
  • Accelerated Digitization
  • E-Governance
  • E-Agriculture
  • E-Justice
  • E-Health
  • E-Energy
  • E-Commerce
  • Software Exports
  • Cloud Computing and Big Data
  • Persons with disabilities (PWDs)
  • Open Source
  • Digital Services
  • Cyber Security
  • ICT Education
  • Local Languages Content Development
  • Local Manufacturing of Hardware

Further Implementation of Policy

The MoIT will develop an action policy along with relevant ministers and departments detailing the time frame and outputs. The Ministry will play the role of an enabler and facilitator, providing necessary guidance where required while other federal minister, divisions, and departments will take the lead role in the implementation of policy strategy falling within their domain.

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Abdul Hadi

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  • M .Hashim Iqbal on 13/01/2019

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